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Who is Raizcorp?

Established in 2000, Raizcorp was created to grow and develop entrepreneurs in different contexts and in different stages of their lifecycles. Raizcorp has since evolved into different divisions that service the specific needs of entrepreneurs and those who support them.

Raizcorp is according to The Economist, the only genuine business incubator in Africa. However, we prefer to think of ourselves as a Prosperator™ rather than an incubator. We provide business support for enthusiastic and growth-hungry entrepreneurs, offering them a platform that fosters learning, and guidance that can be translated into practical business success.

What we do?

SUPPORT ENTREPRENEURS
  • Pre-incubation programmes
  • Incubation programmes
  • Acceleration programmes
  • Equity partnerships
SUPPORT CORPORATES
  • B-BBEE scorecard (ESD, SED & SLP)
  • Entrepreneurial culture
  • Innovation
  • Client intimacy
  • Client acquisition
  • Thought leadership
SUPPORT GOVERNMENTS & DFIs
  • Innovation centres
  • Incubator networks
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Policy development

How we do it?

ENTREPRENEURS
  • Training
  • Guiding (mentoring)
  • Market access
  • Access to finance
  • Access to infrastructure
  • Entrepreneurial essentials
  • Equity investment (for our Partner Elite entrepreneurs)
SUPPORT CORPORATES
  • Entrepreneurial development programmes
  • Talks and workshops
  • Entrepreneurial products
GOVERNMENTS & DFIs
  • Consulting services
  • Construction of innovation hubs and incubators
  • Delivery of entrepreneurial development programmes

Our philosophy

Although Raizcorp resists the term “social enterprise” it has often been described as one owing to its philosophical approach to all new business. Raizcorp will not pursue any new opportunities unless the two criteria below are satisfied:

Impact of business incubator rural programmes, Enterprise development programmes, Supplier development programme.

Our purpose is to support and develop high-potential entrepreneurs and those within the entrepreneurial ecosystem to become sustainable and highly profitable. We will not pursue any potential new business that does not provide the opportunity for creating genuine impact. Impact could mean sustainability of the business, it could mean increased employment, it could mean improved skills, or it could mean improved profitability.

It is our strong philosophical belief is that only for-profit organisations can authentically support entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial businesses to become profitable. Raizcorp is therefore a proudly for-profit organisation and we pursue only those opportunities that are able to generate sustainable profit in the medium to long run. One hundred per cent of the profit we generate is reinvested into growing the business so that we can sustainably create an increasing amount of impact in the world.

Contexts in which we operate

Raizcorp’s programmes are offered in three different socio-economic environments.

Business incubator socio economic environments programmes

Urban

The urban context usually comprises high levels of economic activity, high levels of available skills and a complex supporting entrepreneurial ecosystem. As such, the Raizcorp models generally used in the urban context are Prosperators, Technibators and schools.

Business incubator  enterprise development programmes

Peri-urban

These are usually smaller towns with low yet significant economic activity, a lower abundance of skills and a rudimentary entrepreneurial support ecosystem. Raizcorp generally makes use of its Prosperator, Beacon and school models in this type of context.

Business incubator rural programmes, Enterprise development programmes, Supplier development programme.

Rural

The rule of thumb is more rural areas have lower levels of economic activity, skills are scarce and there is a very limited entrepreneurial support ecosystem. Raizcorp offers the Beacon and Distance models in these areas.
Click here to see what we are doing in Tanzania.

Raizcorp Divisions

This division is dedicated to supporting South African corporates in executing the four elements of the B-BBEE scorecard; socio-economic development; skills development; enterprise development and supplier development. This division also works with mines in supporting them with their SLP requirements.
This division is dedicated to supporting South African corporates in executing the four elements of the B-BBEE scorecard; socio-economic development; skills development; enterprise development and supplier development. This division also works with mines in supporting them with their SLP requirements.
This division, operating mainly in developing markets across Africa and South America, is dedicated to supporting governments, DFI’s and multinationals with their entrep
This division, operating mainly in developing markets across Africa and South America, is dedicated to supporting governments, DFI’s and multinationals with their entrep­reneurial development strategies. We assist with setting up and operating incubator infrastructure, entrep­reneurial development projects and advisory services.
Partner Elite provides curated scale-up equity to high growth entrepreneurs in the South African market.  In this instance, Raizcorp acts like a partner rather than a venture capitalist, providing extensive support, market access, as well as growth and acquisition funding, if and when required.
Partner Elite provides curated scale-up equity to high growth entrepreneurs in the South African market. In this instance, Raizcorp acts like a partner rather than a venture capitalist, providing extensive support, market access, as well as growth and acquisition funding, if and when required.
Canden is Raizcorp’s division focusing on operating non-mainstream schools where we embed an entrepreneurial curriculum, over and above the CAPS curriculum, with a view of creating entrepreneurially minded kids that have a higher probability of becoming job creators or incredible problem solvers.
Canden is Raizcorp’s division focusing on operating non-mainstream schools where we embed an entrepreneurial curriculum, over and above the CAPS curriculum, with a view of creating entrepreneurially minded kids that have a higher probability of becoming job creators or incredible problem solvers.
The Elixir division has three main focus areas:  assisting corporates to increase the entrepreneurial mind-set within the ranks of their senior and middle management; assisting corporates to access entrepreneurial markets; assisting corporates in the process of retrenchment with helping retrenchees with entrepreneurial flair to set up businesses.
The Elixir division has three main focus areas: assisting corporates to increase the entrepreneurial mind-set within the ranks of their senior and middle management; assisting corporates to access entrepreneurial markets; assisting corporates in the process of retrenchment with helping retrenchees with entrepreneurial flair to set up businesses.
This division produces inspirational and motivational products for entrepreneurs to use throughout their entrepreneurial journey.  Products include items such as books, inspiration packs, posters and the like.  Many corporates use these inspirational products as part of their internal and external marketing and branding campaigns.
This division produces inspirational and motivational products for entrepreneurs to use throughout their entrepreneurial journey. Products include items such as books, inspiration packs, posters and the like. Many corporates use these inspirational products as part of their internal and external marketing and branding campaigns.